Mobile Mapper users update to services url

If you are using Mobile Mapper, please go to your “Services” settings tab, and update the “Configuration URL” to https://paherpsurvey.org/mobile from the original http://paherpsurvey.org/mobile

This will eleminate the Error 3 that some people have been experiencing while trying to Sync Records.

New & Improved Quad and Block Search

Greetings PARSers! We have rolled out a new and improved version of the Quad and Block Map Search that includes: Color-coded blocks and quads based on species count as well as multiple county search. The URL in the Search Dropdown has been updated to the new map, the old version will be deprecated. Be sure to update your bookmarks. We hope you have a great field season. Happy Herping!

3rd Annual Photography Contest

Since the launch of PARS we have received thousands upon thousands of voucher photos, many of which are outstanding examples of wildlife photography. Among these, certain photos always stand out; either for outstanding clarity, composition, behavior of the subject, or other possible reasons. We would like to start showcasing the quality of our best photographers with an annual photography contest. Entrants in of the categories listed below will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, and winning photographs will appear in the last newsletter issue of each year until 2022. First place winners may see their winning photographs in, or on the cover of a future PARS newsletter, or possibly in the final publication for the PARS project. One photograph will be chosen as the ‘Best of Show’ grand prize winner each year. Photographs will be judged on composition, creativity and clarity of the shot.

Contest Categories:

  1. Species Representation – These photos should be approached as though they are going to be used as a field guide representation of the subject. Adult, juvenile, larval and egg stages are all acceptable, but only two photos of each species may be submitted.
  2. Behavior – Action photos showing a specimen (or specimens) engaged in a natural activity such as feeding, courtship, etc.
  3. Herps in the Landscape – Photographs illustrating an amphibian or reptile in a classic natural landscape setting.
  4. Macro Photography – Close-up photos of any portion of an amphibian or reptile.

There will be a first, second and third place winner for each category, with the exception of the Species Representation photos, for which there will only be one winning photograph for each species judged. Deadline for photo submission in this year’s contest is September 31, 2018. Winners will be announced in the Winter 2018 newsletter.

RULES:

Who Is Eligible?
Registered PARS participants only, including all volunteers, coordinators, land-owners, MACHAC & PFBC personnel. Participants will retain ownership of their photographs, but by submitting agree to allow MACHAC to use the photographs in any of its future publications.

Field Parameters:

  • Animals should not be unduly stressed or abused to obtain photographs.
  • Photographs must be shot on location where the animal was found, preferably within Pennsylvania’s borders.

How Many Photos Can Be Submitted?
Two photographs for each Pennsylvania species may be submitted in the Species Representation category, and one photograph may be submitted for each of the other categories.

How To Submit:

  • Send photos as attachments via email to .
  • Submit using the online form here.
  • Only one species should be included in each email.
  • In the subject line write: ‘PARS photo contest’ and the species name
  • In the email text please state the species and category of entry for each photo.
  • Photos should be labeled with the last name of the photographer, a hyphen, the species name, photo format, and a number if two photos are being submitted for the same species. Example of two spring peeper photos submitted: poston-crucifer1.jpg , poston-crucifer2.jpg .

Submit A Photo

Technical Photo Criteria

  • Format for final photos: high-resolution JPG or TIF.
  • Preferred photo size 1500 x 2100 pixels or more
  • Minimum photo size 1200 x 1200 pixels
  • Photos should be smoothly pixilated even at 100% zoom.

Judging Criteria:

Photos will first be screened by MACHAC personnel to ensure criteria have been met, and then presented anonymously to a panel of judges without photographer information. These judges will select the winning photo for each category. Judges may enter the contest but will not be permitted to judge their own photos.

  • Originality
  • Technical execution
  • Animal should comprise > 50% of the photo.
  • How well the individual represents the Pennsylvania phenotype or morphology of the species in the ‘Species Representation’ category.

PLEASE:

  • No dead animals (e.g., roadkill).
  • No multiple species.
  • No text, symbols, or watermarks permitted on photos
  • Hand-held or captive is acceptable if the hand (or net or container) doesn’t show in the photo.

Legalities:

  • Photographs are donations, not purchased.
  • No prizes for this contest are awarded other than certificates and/or ribbons.
  • You will receive credit for each photo published.
  • You will retain legal rights for future use of your photographs.
  • You will be required to sign a release form that grants MACHAC and the PFBC the rights to use your photograph in any of their future publications, including electronic. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign for them.
  • Final size and cropping will be determined by MACHAC.

Judges Wanted:

We will need a minimum of three volunteers to assist in judging the entries. Volunteer judges should have professional photography experience, preferably in wildlife photography, or other appropriate credentials. Judges may enter their own photographs, but will not be allowed to vote for their own photos. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge for the contest, please contact Marlin Corn: .

 

See Winners from 2017

2nd Annual Photography Contest

Since the launch of PARS we have received thousands upon thousands of voucher photos, many of which are outstanding examples of wildlife photography. Among these, certain photos always stand out; either for outstanding clarity, composition, behavior of the subject, or other possible reasons. We would like to start showcasing the quality of our best photographers with an annual photography contest. Entrants in of the categories listed below will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, and winning photographs will appear in the last newsletter issue of each year until 2022. First place winners may see their winning photographs in, or on the cover of a future PARS newsletter, or possibly in the final publication for the PARS project. One photograph will be chosen as the ‘Best of Show’ grand prize winner each year. Photographs will be judged on composition, creativity and clarity of the shot.

Contest Categories:

  1. Species Representation – These photos should be approached as though they are going to be used as a field guide representation of the subject. Adult, juvenile, larval and egg stages are all acceptable, but only two photos of each species may be submitted.
  2. Behavior – Action photos showing a specimen (or specimens) engaged in a natural activity such as feeding, courtship, etc.
  3. Herps in the Landscape – Photographs illustrating an amphibian or reptile in a classic natural landscape setting.
  4. Macro Photography – Close-up photos of any portion of an amphibian or reptile.

There will be a first, second and third place winner for each category, with the exception of the Species Representation photos, for which there will only be one winning photograph for each species judged. Deadline for photo submission in this year’s contest is September 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in the Winter 2017/2018 newsletter.

RULES:

Who Is Eligible?
Registered PARS participants only, including all volunteers, coordinators, land-owners, MACHAC & PFBC personnel. Participants will retain ownership of their photographs, but by submitting agree to allow MACHAC to use the photographs in any of its future publications.

Field Parameters:

  • Animals should not be unduly stressed or abused to obtain photographs.
  • Photographs must be shot on location where the animal was found, preferably within Pennsylvania’s borders.

How Many Photos Can Be Submitted?
Two photographs for each Pennsylvania species may be submitted in the Species Representation category, and one photograph may be submitted for each of the other categories.

How To Submit:

  • Send photos as attachments via email to .
  • Submit using the online form here.
  • Only one species should be included in each email.
  • In the subject line write: ‘PARS photo contest’ and the species name
  • In the email text please state the species and category of entry for each photo.
  • Photos should be labeled with the last name of the photographer, a hyphen, the species name, photo format, and a number if two photos are being submitted for the same species. Example of two spring peeper photos submitted: poston-crucifer1.jpg , poston-crucifer2.jpg .

Submit A Photo

Technical Photo Criteria

  • Format for final photos: high-resolution JPG or TIF.
  • Preferred photo size 1500 x 2100 pixels or more
  • Minimum photo size 1200 x 1200 pixels
  • Photos should be smoothly pixilated even at 100% zoom.

Judging Criteria:

Photos will first be screened by MACHAC personnel to ensure criteria have been met, and then presented anonymously to a panel of judges without photographer information. These judges will select the winning photo for each category. Judges may enter the contest but will not be permitted to judge their own photos.

  • Originality
  • Technical execution
  • Animal should comprise > 50% of the photo.
  • How well the individual represents the Pennsylvania phenotype or morphology of the species in the ‘Species Representation’ category.

PLEASE:

  • No dead animals (e.g., roadkill).
  • No multiple species.
  • No text, symbols, or watermarks permitted on photos
  • Hand-held or captive is acceptable if the hand (or net or container) doesn’t show in the photo.

Legalities:

  • Photographs are donations, not purchased.
  • No prizes for this contest are awarded other than certificates and/or ribbons.
  • You will receive credit for each photo published.
  • You will retain legal rights for future use of your photographs.
  • You will be required to sign a release form that grants MACHAC and the PFBC the rights to use your photograph in any of their future publications, including electronic. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign for them.
  • Final size and cropping will be determined by MACHAC.

Judges Wanted:

We will need a minimum of three volunteers to assist in judging the entries. Volunteer judges should have professional photography experience, preferably in wildlife photography, or other appropriate credentials. Judges may enter their own photographs, but will not be allowed to vote for their own photos. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge for the contest, please contact Marlin Corn: .

 

See Winners from 2016

1st Annual Photography Contest Winners

Behavior Category Winners

1st Place Anaxyrus americanus – Jesse Fricker
2nd Place Crotalus horridus – Scott Rando
3rd Place Hyla versicolor – Chris Bortz

Herps in the Landscape Category Winners

1st Place – Agkistrodon contortrix – Jaime Thomas
2nd Place – Pseudemys rubriventris – Stephen Staedtler
3rd Place – Opheodrys vernalis – K. Anderson

Macro Photography Category Winners

1st Place – Heterodon platyrhinos – Chris Bortz
2nd Place Ambystoma maculatum – Jesse Bierly
3rd Place Anaxyrus americanus – Jesse Bierly

Free Form – Experimental Category Winner

Winner – Ambystoma maculatum – Phil Stollsteimer

Species Representation Winners

Frogs

Lithobates palustris – Brandon Hunsberger
Anaxyrus americanus – Brandon Hunsberger
Pseudacris crucifer – Brandon Hunsberger
Lithobates sylvaticus – Brandon Hunsberger
Lithobates clamitans – Chris Bortz

Salamanders

Necturus maculosus – Chris Bortz
Hemidactylium scutatum – Brandon Hunsberger
Desmognathus ochrophaeus – Chris Bortz
Plethodon cinereus – Chris Bortz
Eurycea longicauda – Chris Bortz
Aneides aeneus – Chris Bortz
Ambystoma opacum – Chris Bortz
Pseudotriton ruber – Chris Bortz
Plethodon glutinosus – Chris Bortz
Gyrinophilis porphyriticus – Chris Bortz
Desmognathus fuscus – Chris Bortz
Notopthalmus viridescens – Jaime Thomas
Ambystoma maculatum – Chris Bortz

Lizards

Sceloporus undulatus – Tyler Hake
Plestiodon fasciatus – Chris Bortz

Snakes

Pantherophis allegheniensis – Chris Bortz
Lampropeltis triangulum – Chris Bortz
Coluber constrictor – Brandon Hunsberger
Thamnophis sirtalis – Jaime Thomas
Storeria dekayi – Chris Bortz
Diodophis punctatus – Tyler Hake
Agkistrodon contortrix – Tyler Hake
Nerodia sipedon – Chris Bortz
Regina septemvitatta – Chris Bortz
Opheodrys vernalis – Ben Walsh
Crotalus horridus – Chris Bortz

Turtles

Terrapene carolina – Chris Bortz
Graptemys geographica – C. Bortz
Chelydra serpetina – Chris Bortz
Glyptemys insculpta – Chris Bortz
See rules for the 2nd Annual Photography Contest

PARS 3rd ANNUAL MEETING

The third Annual PARS Membership Meeting is scheduled for March 25,2017 and will be held in Annville, PA. Featured speakers will include David McNaughton – Fort Indiantown Gap Office of Wildlife & Conservation,
Nathan Nazdrowicz – University of Delaware, and Kurt Regester – Clarion University.

Pre-registration is required. Members login to RSVP.

#GivingTuesday

Help support Pennsylvania’s endangered and threatened reptile and amphibian species on #GivingTuesday. Donate to the conservation efforts of The Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation (MACHAC) & The Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS).

 
DONATE
 

Or visit our Hellbender Project to learn more about how we are helping to preserve this wonderful species.

 
Hellbender Project

 
 

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PARS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

Since the launch of PARS we have received thousands upon thousands of voucher photos, many of which are outstanding examples of wildlife photography. Among these, certain photos stand out, whether it be for exceptional clarity, composition, behavior of the subject, or other reasons. We would like to start showcasing the quality of our best photographers with an annual photography contest. Entrants in the categories listed below will compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, and winning photographs will appear in the last newsletter issue of each year until 2022. First place winners may see their winning photographs in or on the cover of a future PARS newsletter, or possibly in the final publication for the PARS project. One photograph will be chosen as the ‘Best of Show’ grand prizewinner each year. Photographs will be judged on composition, creativity and clarity of the shot. Prizes are limited to certificates and ribbons, but you will achieve the esteem of the herping community.

 

Contest Categories:

  1. Species Representation ~ These photos should be approached as though they were going to be used as a field guide representation of the subject. Adult, juvenile, larval and egg stages are all acceptable, but only two photos of each species may be submitted.
  2. Behavior – Action photos showing a specimen (or specimens) engaged in a natural activity such as feeding,courtship, etc.
  3. Herps in the Landscape – Photographs illustrating an amphibian or reptile in a classic natural landscape setting.
  4. Macro Photography – Close-up photos of any portion of an amphibian’s or reptile’s body.
  5. Free Form / Experimental – Have the urge to submit a photo in which you changed the color of a Green Frog to electric orange? This fun category is for you.

Deadline for photo submission in this year’s contest is  August 30 , 2016. Winners will be announced in the Winter2016/2017 newsletter, which will also showcase the winning photos..

RULES:

Who Is Eligible?
Registered PARS participants only, including all volunteers, coordinators, land-owners, MACHAC and PFBC personnel. Participants will retain ownership of their photographs, but by submitting agree to allow MACHAC to use the photographs in any of its future publications.

Field Parameters:

  • Animals should not be unduly stressed or abused to obtain photographs.
  • Photographs must be shot on location where the animal was found, preferably within Pennsylvania’s borders.

How Many Photos Can Be Submitted?
Each year, two photographs for each Pennsylvania species may be submitted in the Species Representation category, and one photograph may be submitted for each of the other categories.

How To Submit:

  • Send photos as attachments via email to .
  • Submit using the online form here.
  • Only one species should be included in each email.
  • In the subject line write: ‘PARS photo contest’ and the species name
  • In the email text please state the species and category of entry for each photo.
  • Photos should be labeled with the last name of the photographer, a hyphen, the species name, photo format, and a number if two photos are being submitted for the same species. Example of two spring peeper photos submitted: poston-crucifer1.jpg , poston-crucifer2.jpg .

Submit A Photo

Technical Photo Criteria

  • Format for final photos: high-resolution JPG or TIF.
  • Preferred photo size 1500 x 2100 pixels or more
  • Minimum photo size 1200 x 1200 pixels
  • Photos should be smoothly pixilated even at 100% zoom.

Judging Criteria:

Photos will first be screened by MACHAC personnel to ensure criteria have been met, and then presented anonymously to a panel of three judges without photographer information. These judges will select the winning photo for each contest category. Judges may enter the contest but will not be permitted to judge their own photos. Photo judging will be based on:

  • Originality
  • Technical execution
  • How well the individual represents the Pennsylvania phenotype or morphology of the species in the ‘Species Representation’ category.

PLEASE:

  • No dead animals (e.g., roadkill).
  • No multiple species.
  • No text, symbols, or watermarks permitted on photos
  • Hand-held or captive is acceptable if the hand (or net or container) doesn’t show in the photo.
  • Animal should comprise > 50% of the photo.

Legalities:

  • Photographs are donations, not purchased.
  • No prizes for this contest are awarded other than certificates and/or ribbons.
  • You will receive credit for each photo published.
  • You will retain legal rights for future use of your photographs.
  • You will be required to sign a release form that grants MACHAC and the PFBC the rights to use your photograph in any of their future publications, including electronic. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign for them.
  • Final size and cropping will be determined by MACHAC.

Judges Wanted:

We will need three volunteers to assist in judging the entries. Volunteer judges should have professional photography experience, preferably in wildlife photography, or other appropriate credentials. Judges may enter their own photographs, but will not be allowed to vote for their own photos. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge for the contest, please contact Marlin Corn: .

Pittburgh Tribune Review Article about PARS

A recent article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review outdoors writer Bob Frye interviews a few of our Coordinators: Ed Patterson, Mark Lethaby Chris Urban, Brandon Ruhe and Jason Poston about the PARS Project.

In what often seems to be an ever-shrinking world, there’s still room for discovery.

Ed Patterson can speak to that.

Director of Indiana County’s parks system, he has been prowling those and other lands with purpose of late. He’s finding more than might be expected, too.

Read the Full Article: Citizen science meets technology in unique herpetology survey